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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, December 10, 2005

Marathon to force street closures, bus detours

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Advertiser Staff

BUS ROUTES

Some bus routes will be canceled and/or detoured. Bus riders may call TheBus at 848-5555 or visit the O'ahu Transit Services Web site: www.thebus.org.

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Special traffic controls will be in effect in the Downtown, Kaka'ako, Ala Moana, Waikiki, Diamond Head, Kahala, 'Aina Haina, Niu Valley, and East Honolulu areas for the Honolulu Marathon tomorrow.

Beginning at 12:30 a.m., one or more lanes will be closed or coned until participants complete each section of the course. Tow-away zones are in effect from 1 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday.

The following roads will be closed or restricted tomorrow, marathon officials said:

  • Ala Moana from Atkinson Drive to Ward Avenue will be detoured from 12:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.

  • H-1 Freeway in both directions from the Wai'alae Avenue off-ramp/22nd Avenue to 'Ainakoa Avenue. H-1 traffic will be detoured from 3:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

  • Kalakaua Avenue will be detoured left onto Paoakalani Avenue from 8:30 a.m.

  • Kalakaua Avenue mauka side between Monsarrat Avenue and Poni Mo'i Road from 4:30 a.m. until the marathon is over. The makai lanes will be contraflowed for two-way traffic at about 9 a.m. Limited to resident traffic only; patrons of the Outrigger Canoe Club and Elks Club must enter via Kapahulu Avenue.

  • Kapahulu Avenue makai bound will be closed at Kuhio Avenue at 1:30 a.m. Local traffic will be allowed after 9 a.m.

  • Monsarrat Avenue from Kalakaua Avenue to Paki Avenue from 4:30 a.m. until event over (limited to tour buses). No parking tow-away zone, both sides of Monsarrat Avenue from Kalakaua to Paki Avenue.

  • Paki Avenue from Monsarrat Avenue to Kalakaua Avenue from 4:30 a.m. for the duration of the marathon. Local traffic only (access to Diamond Head Tennis Courts from 9 a.m.).

  • Diamond Head Road, Kahala and Keala'olu Avenues will be controlled by police when large numbers of runners are in the area. "Local Traffic Only," "Race in Progress," and "Proceed When Directed" signs will be posted.

  • 18th Avenue from Diamond Head Road to Kilauea Avenue until runners clear the area. Traffic will be detoured at Diamond Head Road and Makapu'u Avenue. Local traffic only access to Diamond Head Crater will be restricted to FAA and National Guard personnel.

  • Kilauea Avenue from 18th Avenue to Wai'alae Avenue, all eastbound lanes will be closed at 4 a.m. until runners clear the area. Westbound lanes will be contraflowed to permit two-way traffic. Traffic exiting the lower Kahala area must cross Kilauea Avenue at Hunakai Street. Expect delays until 11 a.m.

  • Kalaniana'ole Highway from 'Ainakoa Street to Hawai'i Kai Drive makai side will have restricted access from 2:30 a.m.The mauka side of the highway will be contraflowed for two-way traffic.

  • Hawai'i Kai Drive makai lanes from Kalaniana'ole Highway to Keahole Street from about 2:30 a.m until the area is clear. The mauka side lanes will be contraflowed for two-way traffic.

  • Kalaniana'ole Highway will be closed to through traffic from Hawai'i Kai Drive to Keahole Street from about 3:30 a.m. until the area is clear. Traffic will be detoured onto Hawai'i Ka'i Drive via Kawaihae to Lunalilo Home Road. Maunalua Bay Beach Park boat ramp traffic must enter from the kokohead end.

  • Keahole Street makai-bound lanes from about 2:30 a.m. until the area is clear. Traffic will be contraflowed in the mauka bound lanes for two-way flow. Access to the Hawai'i Ka'i Shopping Center will be permitted.

  • Keala'olu Avenue from Wai'alae Avenue to Kahala Avenue from about 5:30 a.m. until the area is clear. Local traffic will be permitted at 'Aukai Avenue. Access via 'Aukai only all other roadways will be closed.

  • Kahala Towers, Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hotel, and Wai-alae Country Club traffic will be permitted via 'Aukai Avenue and Pueo Street when it is safe to do so.

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